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Windows 7: Clone SSD or HDD from existing C: HDD, no OEM disks nor recovery ptn

29 May 2017   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

With cloning you do a byte copy of one drive to a second drive. The second drive then represents a single dedicated copy/clone of the first. The second drive is good for nothing else but is immediately bootable.

With system imaging you could store typically in excess of 50 system images on a single 1TB drive using a program like Macrium. You can store whatever other data on that drive you like. Each of these system images can be restored to an existing or new drive (SSD or HDD). I'm not saying you need 50 system images but 5-10 over a period of time is reasonable so you can go back in time before some bad thing (eg. malware) happened.

A restored system image gives the same effective result as a clone. You can create a bootable spare drive from a system image any time you want and store it away.

With Macrium system imaging the new drive can be smaller (eg. 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD) provided the restored image fits. The creation and restoring of an image is really very simple provided you have created a working restore pe CD/USB.


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29 May 2017   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
...With Macrium system imaging the new drive can be smaller (eg. 1TB HDD to 256GB SSD) provided the restored image fits. The creation and restoring of an image is really very simple provided you have created a working restore pe CD/USB.
The same is true with cloning on Macrium Reflect (MR). MR has two kinds of cloning. The default is called Intelligent Sector Cloning. Only sectors that have any data in them are cloned over. Thos is what allows cloning to a smaller drive as long as the amount of data being cloned will fit inside the smaller drive. The other type is called Forensic Cloning. Every sector, occupied or not, is cloned over to the destination drive. With this type of cloning, the destination drive must be as large or larger than the source drive.
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29 May 2017   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
The same is true with cloning on Macrium Reflect (MR).
Yes that's correct. A point I was trying to get through is that a clone ties up a cloned drive and is just one copy of that drive for that one point in time the clone was made.
Cloning is not a replacement for system imaging. System imaging can perform the same function as cloning.
If you think a clone suites your purposes then that's up to the individual.
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29 May 2017   #14
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Yes that's correct. A point I was trying to get through is that a clone ties up a cloned drive and is just one copy of that drive for that one point in time the clone was made.
Cloning is not a replacement for system imaging. System imaging can perform the same function as cloning.
If you think a clone suites your purposes then that's up to the individual.
That I totally agree with. Cloning is ideal for transferring the contents of a drive to a replacement drive, such as when upgrading to a larger drive or replacing an HDD with an SSD but, for backing up system files (the OS and programs), imaging is indeed the better choice.
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